Aug 7, 2013

Sophie Mirabella panics as indie makes race of Indi

The Victorian seat of Indi is usually considered to be safe for Liberal Sophie Mirabella, but an independent challenger could unseat the Coalition MP.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Alarm bells are ringing inside hard right Liberal warrior Sophie Mirabella’s Indi campaign as a popular local independent prepares to snag a significant proportion of the local vote and vault ahead of Labor in an Andrew Wilkie-style preference triumph.

A panicked email sent from deep inside the Mirabella camp to Liberal volunteers last week, obtained by Crikey, reveals her campaign team is gearing up for a pitched battle against rural independent Cathy McGowan in the northern Victorian seat, currently held by 9% and usually considered safe.

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46 thoughts on “Sophie Mirabella panics as indie makes race of Indi

  1. zut alors

    If [email protected] loses Indi she can be assured of a regular spot on ABC’s The Drum along with other insufferable former Howard government MPs. You know who I mean.

  2. Interrobanging On

    I like the idea of Mira%ella getting up on S*x Party preferences. Not as much as her losing, though.

    I find Crikey’s policy of moderating some words with symbols a bit quaint, but perhaps it has value in discouraging trolls. However, I (and probably zut as well) am very happy to do it with vile swear words like S0phie_Mira%bella.

  3. wilful

    Editor, please strike through the phrase “from deep inside a camp”. It’s meaningless cliche.

    The reason that Mirabella has had a declining vote is because it’s a naturally conservative electorate that has many dyed-in-the-wool (heh, so much for cliche) Lib/Nats. But whenever they meet Mirabella at public functions, her natural awfulness comes through, and less and less vote for her each time as they get to know her better. Consider it the reverse incumbency effect, specific to only a few charmless Members.

  4. SusieQ

    Who would miss her?

  5. Honest Johnny

    When she proudly stood in front of the ‘JULIAR Bob Brown’s Bitch’ and ‘Ditch the Witch’ posters she sent a strong signal to her constituents that, regardless of their politics she is just too awful to vote for. Who would ever want a person like that to represent them?

  6. Rohan

    wilful, to be fair that phrase is totally in keeping with Andrew Crook’s puffed-up tabloid style.

  7. rhonaj

    Mirabella is a GOD AWFUL woman , and an excuse for a politician, who deserves to be kicked out of any party.

  8. Elvis

    One can but dream…

    Importantly, it would also remove another Abbott ally and help Turnbull’s numbers for his inevitable challenge (eventually).

  9. klewso

    Mirabella, to the wall?
    Who’s the biggest smile of all?

  10. Mike Smith

    @Susie: Give me a dozen ripe eggs, and I wouldn’t miss her at all!

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